SAS troops to extract British tourists kidnapped by gang in Congo

Aaron Brown
May 13, 2018

"With Virunga National Park being within our zone of action, we have joined the park rangers for search operations for the people taken hostages", said regional army spokesman Major Guillaume Kaiko Ndjike on Saturday. The ranger was killed, and the driver and two tourists were among those abducted.

Park director Emmanuel de Merode told the AFP news agency: "I confirm that our vehicle was attacked".

Local media reports say the ranger shot dead was female and acting as a guard, while the United Kingdom citizens were taken along with their Congolese driver.

Last month, five young rangers and a driver in the park were killed in an ambush.

Two British citizens have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

In the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, unknown gunmen killed one of the guards of the Park and kidnapped the two tourists from the United Kingdom and their driver.

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Virunga national park's 3,000 square miles contain active volcanoes, snow-capped mountains, forests and savannahs.

Virunga is home to about one-quarter of the world's remaining mountain gorillas.

In an interview with National Geographic past year, Virunga National Park Director Emmanuel de Merode said three main groups are responsible for the violence in the park.

Political instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had caused rising violence in the province of North Kivu, where the park, famous for its mountain gorillas population, is located.

And in a separate incident a park ranger guarding a hydroelectric plant died in an attack by armed men.

The park reportedly witnessed multiple kidnappings over the past two months, attributed to Mai-Mai militia.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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